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Miami (OH) effectively ends Ohio’s BCS hopes; hello, Boise State?

Zac Dysert AP

Just as Rutgers was knocked off from the list of unbeaten teams today, so too was No. 23 Ohio at the hands of hated rival Miami University, 23-20.

And, with that, the Bobcats’ chances at a BCS appearance have crumbled tragically. A non-BCS program doesn’t technically have to finish undefeated to make a BCS appearance (you’ll read why below), but to lose a game this late in the season is nothing short of a crushing blow to try to make it to one of the five biggest bowls of the year.

Now that Ohio has lost, now that Louisiana Tech has lost, don’t look now, but Boise State is once again in the BCS bowl conversation. The No. 21 Broncos did what they were supposed to do against Wyoming (without suspended coach Dave Christensen), winning 45-14. The Broncos suffered an opening-week loss to Michigan State. Although that loss doesn’t look great now with the Spartans sitting at 5-4, it did happen at the beginning of the season.

And if there’s one thing the BCS has taught all of us, it’s not that you lose, it’s when you lose.

The Broncos have four games left this season against San Diego State, at Hawaii, Colorado State and (uh oh) at Nevada. We all know what happened the last time Boise State visited the greater Reno area.

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Boise would need to finish at least in the top 16 of the final BCS standings to qualify for a BCS bowl; the Broncos are currently No. 21 right now. As a refresher, here are the BCS selection procedures. Italicized below is the applicable process:

The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:

   A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or, 

  B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.

With over a month left in the regular season, Boise State has opportunities to move up as long as they continue their Mountain West dominance.

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9 Responses to “Miami (OH) effectively ends Ohio’s BCS hopes; hello, Boise State?”
  1. frank booth says: Oct 27, 2012 8:14 PM

    Boise State is like a running gag that just never goes away. Once again, opportunities arise for them because of a weak and unchallenging schedule. They are the parasites of college football, feasting off of the losses of those with more challenging schedules while defeating the weak and adding nothing to the conversation. Go away, Boise State!

  2. frank booth says: Oct 27, 2012 10:18 PM

    I get that Boise State supporters can’t wrap their minds around it, but it doesn’t make any sense that BSU is ranked 21 on the strength of a loss to 4-4 MSU and wins against 5-4 BYU and 6-3 Fresno State. You can tap the little “thumbs-down” button all you want, but it won’t change the fact that Boise State’s wins have come against teams with a combined record of 21-38 and BSU’s schedule is ranked 77th in the country.

  3. pedagoguish says: Oct 28, 2012 1:31 AM

    The Broncos have competed in 12 bowl games since 1999, winning eight. Two of these victories were in Fiesta Bowls against Oklahoma and TCU. Boise State has the winningest bowl percentage of any team in the 2000s.

    I have no idea what school Frank supports, but whatever school it is, they are not as good as BSU.

  4. livefromlemp says: Oct 29, 2012 6:04 PM

    I get that Frank can’t wrap his mind around the fact that Boise State just does more with less. He probably supports a school with an athletic budget the size of a small country’s GDP, and a stadium that could fit the entire population of Boise. It’s OK to be jealous Frank. But if BSU doesn’t add anything to the conversation, then why are you running your mouth about them? You are right about one thing…BSU is a parasite. They are silent and deadly, and are going to creep their way into your staduim and leave you with a sick feeling like they’ve done to a handfull of BIG TIME programs. So, who’s next? Be scared if its YOU! Because BSU is always better prepared and better coached than their opponent, and always has a chance of pulling out the upset.

  5. frank booth says: Oct 29, 2012 7:10 PM

    Your comment is wrong on it’s face. I never said that Boise doesn’t do more with less. That may be the case, but don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.

    Boise hasn’t done a single thing to prove that they belong in the Top 25. They lost to a Michigan State team that is 4-4, haven’t beaten a single ranked team, have the 77th ranked schedule in the nation, and their wins have come against a schedule with a .356 winning percentage. If I’m wrong, then explain to me how they deserve to be ranked in the Top 25 based upon the numbers I just gave you.

  6. pedagoguish says: Oct 30, 2012 1:52 AM

    Alabama has no business being ranked number one based on the strength of their schedule so far, but they are. Why? Out of respect for past achievements.

    Boise State may not be as strong without Kellen Moore at the helm, but their body of work over the past 13 years has earned them the respect of coaches and sports writers who set the BCS agenda. You are off base when you dismiss Bronco achievements out-of-hand. They are certainly good enough at 6-1 to be ranked in the top 25. There are several teams in that elite group that would fear to go toe to toe against BSU on the blue carpet.

  7. frank booth says: Oct 30, 2012 3:17 AM

    Boise State plays one difficult game per year, and they couldn’t even get past a poor Michigan State team this year. They are 6-1 against really poor competition, and their SOS is just going to decline as the year goes on. They have already lived off of their reputation for long enough.

    When they were destroying teams out West, they were able to create questions as to how good they were, but that’s not happening this year. They have proven that they are just a little better than BYU, Fresno State, and New Mexico, and a little worse than Michigan State.

  8. livefromlemp says: Oct 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    You’re right Frank, we can “thumbs-down” you all we want…and we are (48 by last count). So obviously your point of view is not widely accepted. BSU has an open invitation to every major program in the county, and none of them have accepted. They are just playing the BCS rules to their advantage. Like I said…Boise State just does things differently.

  9. frank booth says: Oct 30, 2012 1:29 PM

    I would certainly expect Boise State fans to “thumbs-down” me, and your right, my point of view isn’t widely accepted on this particular post.

    You said no major programs have accepted Boise State’s invitation. Is Michigan State not a major program?

    I don’t have a problem with BSU playing the BCS rules to their advantage- College football is a big money venture- it’s just that BSU isn’t that good this year. Heck, they got their shot at a .500 major program team and couldn’t win that. Too bad.

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